Middlesex County League Division Two season preview: Wembley

PUBLISHED: 11:43 07 May 2016 | UPDATED: 11:43 07 May 2016

Mo Rizvi bats for Wembley during ECB Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two game between Hornsey and Wembley at Tivoli Road, London on Sat May 9, 2015

Mo Rizvi bats for Wembley during ECB Middlesex County Cricket League Division Two game between Hornsey and Wembley at Tivoli Road, London on Sat May 9, 2015

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Wembley skipper Moazzam Rizvi says he is hopeful the new additions the club have made this summer will see them challenge at the top of Division Two this season.

Rizvi and co could only managed a mid-table finish last term, however he is convinced that their fortunes will improve this campaign, with four new names in their ranks.

He told the Times: “Last year we had some issues with some of our players.

“We’ve moved on now and have got better quality in the squad and as a result are in a stronger position to push on.

“We’ve made some really good additions to our bowling that will give us a big boost this season.

“With that in mind I think we’ll do a lot better than last season.

“We don’t want to be over-ambitious but we will aim to win the title. The strength that we have in the team is very good.

“If every player plays to their potential I’m sure we can seriously challenge for the title – last season was just a blip.

“We know we’re a match for anyone in this division, but now we’ve got to show that on the field and make sure we do a lot better than we done last season.”

Rizvi has backed one of the new recruits, Mark Lewis, to be a success at the club, as well as heaping praise on youngster Chirag Amin who has developed through the ranks.

He added: “We’ve made some really shrewd additions, in particular Mark Lewis.

“I’m looking forward to playing with him, he’s got a lot of quality and that can only boost us.

“There’s also some young players from last year who will be looking to push on.”

“We saw the brilliance in Chirag last year. He’s matured really well as a first-team player.

“We’re looking to use him again a lot this season as well, and hope to see him make improvements with his batting and bowling in the meantime.

“He is maturing year-by-year and developing into a very good cricketer, so needless to say we have very high hopes for him.”

Wembley face a trip to Barnes on the opening day of the season on Saturday.

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